Communication is all about igniting drives. And my drive - or rather, passion - lies in igniting the drives of people through digital means. Starting first and foremost with a sound digital strategy. Choosing the best technology and media based on its strengths and merits. Utilising web, mobile and innovative peripherals. To ultimately produce immersive, playful, usable but above all effective solutions. Or to put it in better words: full-blown hardcore kick-ass epic & awesome stuff.
Bas van Haren
Greetings, please call me Bas. I have been in existence for
systems thinking and problem solving, project- and team leadership, digital strategy/consultancy, agile, instructional design, (applied) game design, gamification, co-creation, usability, public speaking
"During my time as Art Director at Wubbe, I was very impressed with the way that Bas, with a combination of pragmatic thinking, sober hands-on mentality and the drive to make things better, always ensured that the project just that got little extra. Especially when he puts on his 'digital strategy' hat, he comes to the fore with his sharp analysis and surprising angles. I always find it inspiring to be able to spar with Bas and to find the best combination between design, functionality and the technical possibilities for digital solutions. And I love it when someone appreciates the added value of 'functional beauty'. Bas is an open, creative but also very sociable colleague."Marco van Vugt on LinkedIn
"Bas is a valuable person to your organization. I have enjoyed working with him. He is a real expert on the field of (serious) gaming. I've seen Bas grow, he is a fantastic speaker and really enthusiastic. He is very creative and has a pleasant view on education in games. Want to know how to combine creativity, education and fun? Get connected with Bas!"Marianne Willems on LinkedIn
"Bas is a professional who combines a broad knowledge of game design theory with a hands-on mentality. During the development of "The Explorer", the first Wii game for visually impaired children, Bas was able to bring multiple parties together and steer them towards a great end result. Bas has a natural way of motivating the people around him due to his enthusiastic and positive attitude. Passion, reliability and dedication are all traits that come to mind, I would work together with Bas in a heartbeat!"Joris van Laar on LinkedIn
"Bas is a great person to work with: friendly, helpful, always positive, versatile and with lots of experience as a projectmanager. He is a passionate 'game evangelist' with broad knowledge of game-mechanics. More; He is a good and inspirational speaker."Arthur van der Linden on LinkedIn
"Bas was one of the first people who responded positively to starting a brand new Indie Game Development Festival here in Groningen. With a pro-active attitude, he helped me to extend my network and assisted me where possible. During the festival itself, it was he who ran from location to location to introduce every lecturer, act and documentary to the festival audience. I could not have done it without him :)"Mendel Bouman on LinkedIn
"(...) As a project manager he always managed to find balance between the wild ideas we had, the budget and the wishes of the client. Bas has great communication skills that enables him to minimize the "noise" between the client and the project team, and, when necessary can keep everybody calm and when things get tough. Bas is a very valuable member to any project that needs guidance, creative input and good planning. (...)"Oscar Kuipers on LinkedIn
"Practice what you preach definately applied to the way in which Bas talked about serious gaming during our 3TGO practitioners course. Bas' presentation was educational, engaging and interactive. Most of all, his use of references and examples throughout his lecture were appreciated by all participants."Monique Taverne on LinkedIn
"Bas has been a visiting lecturer at IMC Weekendschool Groningen for many years. He contributed his ideas regarding a series of lessons about game design and has also given several of these lessons. Next to a passionate next game designer Bas is also an appealing guest lecturer. He is clear, energetic, friendly and knows how to convey his passion."Mark de Vries on LinkedIn
"Bas is a very loyal colleague; hard working and bringing a lot of humor and enthusiasm to the work floor. Besides these pleasant characteristics Bas is also a very competent projectmanager. His knowledge is profound, he has 'eye for details' and is a very important link between his team and the client/customer. Finally Bas is very open for new developments and is eager to learn. It's a pleasure to work with him!"Wieke Paulusma on LinkedIn
The strongest energy lies in the ignition, the initial spark, at the conception of ideas and plans. The biggest bang is the first. There you will find me. And there you will find me at my strongest. At the basis of every great digital solution lies a sound digital strategy. Whether it stands on its own, or as part of a larger (business) strategy. I aspire to be more than a digital strategist: a digital ‘mastermind’ so to speak, like a typical movie villain with the plan in which everything is taken into account.
The world of digital changes every day. And in this world there is often a need for someone who can interpret functional, social and technical consequences of these changes. An opinion piercing through fads, suitcase words and catch-all terms, explaining implications of (new) technology in a clear way to all stakeholders involved. That is what I do best. Being the link between digital hands-on realism and transcendental strategic goals. This makes me a problem solver who can generate workable solutions.
What better time and age to work on digital solutions than now? We are continuously on the cusp of something larger than life. The power of artificial intelligence, big data, the democratization of technology; it is a very interesting time to live in. Being instrumental in getting the fiction out of ‘science fiction’ is in my opinion the driving principle of a 'digital mastermind'.
I am humbled by the path on which my life has taken me. I have had the pleasure to work with people in many walks of life, fields of work, educations and professions. I am equally well off with talking one-on-one to IT experts as to standing in the spotlight in front of a large room full of executives.
Being born and raised in the north of the Netherlands I naturally came to embrace the value of pragmatism and the notion that actions speak louder than words. I mix those traits with the typical heartiness and politeness found in Dutch East Indies culture. I am someone of few words with large impacts.
I can be classified as an ESFP (Myers-Briggs). I am a performer and entertainer at heart. People I have worked with over the years describe me as a 'catalyst'. Conveying and appealing to the passion of people, transforming it into positive energy to get things done. I enjoy positive people and completing tasks with maximum fun and minimum discord. I believe in continuing personal development and facilitating optimal 'flow' for myself and others in order to facilitate strong self-efficacy. Positive interpersonal interactions are of utmost importance to me and therefore I often play the role of peacemaker. I am a keen observer of human behavior; I sense what is happening with other people and respond to their individual needs.
So, what makes me tick? Many things make me happy, such as advanced home cuisine, vintage advertising, arts and architecture, gaming, history and interacting with passionate people. I have a heart for everything digital. I embrace liberalism, humanism, transhumanism and science. I have a guilty pleasure for idealistic and government communication. Truth be told, I have one very specific pet peeve: people who do not use salutations in e-mail.
Speaking about my kind of happiness: the great Alfred Hitchcock's definition of happiness [video] is a perfect description. Yes to constructive and creative atmospheres. No to negativity.
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